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  • Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:51 a.m.

Taylor Rodenhuis, a junior at Salisbury High School and the son of Terry and Sheri Rodenhuis of Salisbury, has been selected to be among 500 attendees at West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June.

More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers, and lives, in general.


All SLE attendees participate in virtual-reality war simulation, and military and physical fitness training, and, in addition, each student selects three of the 15 offered workshops.

The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federally funded undergraduate college located 50 miles north of New York City. A preeminent leader-development institution, West Point was founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering. Since then, West Point has grown in size and stature, but remains committed to the task of producing commissioned leaders of character for America’s Army.

For more information about West Point, go to http://www.usma.edu/admissions.

Vandezande through basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert P. Vandezande graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

The son of Susan and David Vandezande of Salisbury, Vandezande is a 2010 graduate of East Rowan High School.

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